Brisk, lively personality that impresses with bright fruity flavours of raspberry and black plum, with delicious touches of violets and crushed peppercorn. Elegant, fresh style.
Great foil for strongly-flavoured foods like balsamic-marinated steaks or a tasty platter of salami, artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes.
This wine is 100% Syrah (also known as Shiraz), grown in the fine wine New Zealand wine region of Hawkes Bay. Fermentation (the process whereby grape sugars are magically transformed into alcohol and wonderful flavours) is in stainless steel, with eleven months' maturation in previously-filled French oak prior to blending and bottling.
Josip Babich, then aged 14, made the journey from Croatia to New Zealand in 1910 to join his brothers near Auckland and, at just 20 years old, was bottling his first wine under the Babich Brothers label. The family tradition continues to this day with siblings Peter and Joe Babich at the helm, and Peter’s son David as general manager.
Hawkes Bay is a premium, historic region (commercial wine production dates from 1851) on the east coast of New Zealand's north island. After Marlborough, it is the country's largest wine growing area. Though a diverse region where many wine styles are made, the most-respected bottlings tend to be Syrahs, Bordeaux blends and Chardonnays.